NPR: FAMU Suspends Another Student Group Over Hazing Allegation

Source: Korva Coleman / NPR

Florida A&M University, which is dealing with the deadly effects of hazing, has suspended another student group over new allegations of cruel treatment. In a statement released to member station WFSU, the university says the Torque Dance Team has been suspended immediately after a hazing incident reportedly occurred off campus last weekend.

Interim university president Larry Robinson says a parent alerted administrators Tuesday afternoon about the alleged incident involving the dance club and he quickly “shut the organization down pending the outcome of an investigation…We have zero tolerance for hazing….It is unconscionable that a student organization would participate in any hazing activity considering what has transpired in the last year.”

FAMU is coping with the hazing death of student Robert Champion, a drum major for the university’s renowned Marching 100 Band. He died last November following a brutal beating aboard a band bus. As Eyder wrote, the medical examiner determined Champion died of ‘hemorrhagic shock caused by blunt-force trauma‘.

Thirteen students face felony charges connected to Champion’s death. In addition, there are separate cases of hazing against other band students, including one of a woman allegedly beaten by male bandmates.

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